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ABC Orders Single-Cam Parenting Comedy Pilots "Steps" and "Single Parents"

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ABC has given pilot orders to two single-camera comedies, Single Parents, from New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether and one of the departing Fox comedy’s long-time writers, J.J. Philbin, and Steps, from Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Mandeville TV. They come from soon-to-be-merged studios 20th Century Fox TV (Single Parents), where Meriwether is under an overall deal, and ABC Studios (Steps), where Newman and Mandeville TV are based.

Single Parents, which had a put pilot commitment, was written by Philbin based on a story by her and Meriwether. It revolves around a group of dysfunctional single parents lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other.

Meriwether and Philbin executive produce with Meriwether’s frequent collaborator, New Girl exec producer Katherine Pope.

Written by Newman, Steps is based on the Swedish format Bonus Family. It revolves around four adults in three houses raise three kids after two divorces… together.

Newman executive produces with Mandeville TV’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks.


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